7 June 2004
Ashurst’s client in Global Solutions deal" /Allen & Overy (A&O) has won its first instruction for mainstay Ashurst client Electra Partners Europe on the group’s joint £207.5m takeover of Global Solutions.
Heading the largest department of the specialist child abuse compensation law firm in the UK can take its toll. “The nature of the work can be very upsetting,” admits Peter Garsden, managing partner of Abney Garsden McDonald. And he should know. Garsden and his firm have a national reputation for expertise in a sector where trauma comes with the territory.
Being Sony Music UK head of legal looks a glamorous occupation, but Alastair George manages to remain suitably down to earth. Matt Byrne meets him
After hours of hearing skeleton argument and days of judicial deliberation, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has at last ruled that courts no longer have to phone litigants to ask whether they will be able to attend on time for the hearing.
Ashurst has appointed Stuart Catchpole QC of 39 Essex Street to litigate the retrial of the Co-op’s epic case against Fujitsu Services.
Baker & McKenzie is set to overhaul its partnership structure and ditch its status as an Illinois partnership.
Stephenson Harwood has been appointed by several banks to coordinate fresh litigation against Parmalat.
Bird & Bird has made it third time lucky with its first average profits per partner rise in three years.
Bird & Bird’s Paris office has taken on its second new partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy.
The former head of legal at BNP Paribas in Switzerland has left the investment bank for a second time to return to private practice, after moving to Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry. Gilles Thieffry (left), a former member of the executive board in the Swiss office of BNP Paribas, joined Pestalozzi’s Geneva office on 1 June as a partner. Philippe Berta, Thieffry’s deputy at BNP Paribas, will take over as head of legal in Switzerland. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June
A giant referral network encompassing three Middle Eastern law firms and Cyprus’ largest practice, Andreas Neocleous & Co, has been forged.
- The BBC has promoted Valerie Nazareth, a senior lawyer in its programme legal advice department, to become the team’s new head. She will succeed Glenn Del Medico, who retires in August.
Clifford Chance’s German IP practice has been hit by the loss of yet another partner.
Clifford Chance’s Washington DC managing partner has joined the constant flow of firm departures, upping sticks for the Securities Industry Association.
Lawyers often do not have the time or skills to deal with relationships and charm is often sidelined by intellect. Ben Stones warns that soft skills training is vital
The legal profession last week welcomed Sir David Clementi’s ‘Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services’, but warned against compromising lawyers’ independence.
Clifford Chance has lost Safeway as a client following the departure of the supermarket’s legal director and company secretary.
Clifford Chance has made a rare hire in the US, taking on a former deputy assistant director from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Cloisters is keeping its personal injury/clinical negligence team healthy with the hire of two barristers. Linda Jacobs comes to the 30-strong team from 8 Bell Yard. Her medico-legal background includes a tenure in the Nurses in the Law Association and time in the clinical negligence unit of Russell Jones & Walker. Also joining the practice is new tenant Hannah Godfrey, who was called to the bar in 2002.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has taken its second Cooley Godward partner in as many months, this time for its IP practice. Kathryn Wheble, a partner for 10 years at the firm, will move to Kirkpatrick’s San Francisco office. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 1 June
Matheson Ormsby Prentice (George Brady) acted for Precinct Investments on its e113m (£75.2m) recommended offer, made through Deloitte Corporate Investments, to acquire the entire share capital of Gresham
Asia head defects to Morgan Stanley; doubts spread about Asian alliances
A TRAINING programme for Croatian judges and prosecutors has been launched to ease the burden on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Crowell & Moring is continuing to grow its IP practice with the hire of two partners. Michael Songer joins its Washington DC office from Arnold & Porter, along with ex-Kenyon & Kenyon partner Mark Supko. Both are IP litigators, with Songer focusing on patent and trademark litigation in digital technology and Supko on patent litigation in the computer technology sector.
Dechert has swooped on Morgan Lewis & Bockius, taking an eight-lawyer securitisation team including the former chairman of the group.
The US’s West Coast recruitment machine is in full swing, with Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) scooping a leading Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe antitrust partner and Morgan Lewis & Bockius losing a second former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison partner, this time to
Eight Essex personal injury (PI) firms are launching a marketing network this week. Essex Accident Link brings together law firms across Essex and East Hertfordshire to offer claimants direct access to specialist PI lawyers. The network takes advantage of the Law Society’s recent decision to allow referral fees within the profession.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has undergone a thorough restructuring that has helped boost average profits per partner (PPP) by 12 per cent, while those at the top of equity will now take home £500,000, a rise of 33 per cent.
Nomura International’s former European general counsel has resurfaced at Dubai-based private education company The Varkey Group.
How Slaughter and May dashed the magic circle firm’s dreams of the biggest takeover bid of 2004
Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) has posted a astounding 45 per cent increase in average profits per equity partner (PEP) for the year.
Herbert Smith has long been one of the leading firms in its approach to learning and development. John Lucy provides the lowdown
A recent industry report has rubbished the idea of a compensation culture, but with businesses being put under increasing pressure from insurance premiums, who can identify where the real problems lie? Jon Robins reports
Why lawyers and their clients would benefit from working with journalists – especially in a crisis. By Magnus Carter
With conflicts rules governing law firms once more under the spotlight, Joanne Harris investigates just how the City’s finest manage the process
Irwin Mitchell’s tax team has broken away to set up a specialist company 4 Eyes Ltd.
For some lawyers, the ultimate work-life balance choice is relocating overseas. Jason Horobin reports
Landwell has sustained a partner loss after its London-based head of real estate left for Bird & Bird. Russell Dellar will team up once again with Bird & Bird head of real estate Jonathan Baker. The pair were partners at Denton Wilde Sapte before Dellar joined Landwell and Baker moved to Bird & Bird. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 2 June
One flick of a judge’s wig and suddenly the whole City is up in arms. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s somewhat ignominious exit last week as Philip Green’s counsel on the bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) has brought out the hysterical side of lawyers’ natures.
We spent half-term supporting the UK tourist industry in a rain-swept seaside town rather than flying to the Med, as the Lawyer’s grudgingly-given end-of-year bonus surely allowed us to do.
Lewis Silkin is battling its largest ever employment tribunal matter, taking the lead for former Merrill Lynch banker Stephanie Villalba’s sex discrimination claim against the investment bank.
Lovells has ended a bad run for its international network on brighter note, welcoming a new partner for its Italian office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The group of investment and retail banks cutting loose their private equity divisions has gained another member after Lovells client ING finalised the spin-off of Baring Private Equity Partners (BPEP).
Stephen Levinson, the former KLegal head of employment who joined Scottish heavyweight Maclay Murray & Spens in December 2002, has left the firm to join Manches.
Martineau Johnson and Bircham Dyson Bell have both posted double digit increases for the year, bucking the downward trend afflicting other law firms.
McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has scooped a highly rated team of tax lawyers from German firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff.
Now that the Formula 1 season is both well underway and more or less over (apparently the bookies have now begun paying out on Schuey senior), the eyes of motor sports fans are turning to other sources of entertainment.
Morgan Cole has lost its London head of employment in another blow for the beleaguered firm.
Norton Rose is the major beneficiary of FTSE 250 company Amlin’s first legal panel for non-insurance related work.
Gemma Charles discovers how Nottingham intends to find its niche in the legal education market
The former editor of The Observer Will Hutton once said that the regulator was “the British state in miniature” (The State We’re In, 1996). His words have ironic resonance in the title of the new House of Lords Select Committee report on the constitution, ‘The Regulatory State: Ensuring its Accountability’, which was published in May.
Osborne Clarke is reaping the rewards of its head of IT’s secondment to Vodafone UK as the firm completes a high-profile joint venture with BT Retail.
Osborne Clarke has announced a record set of financial year figures, with provisional profits per partner (PPP) rising by 30 per cent.
Pinsents has recorded a turnover drop of 3.5 per cent this year, with gross revenues falling from £95.1m to £91.6m. End-of-year profits have yet to be finalised, but a spokesman said it was expected to remain “about the same”. Last year, its average profit per equity partner was £276,000.
Wragge & Co has lost its fifth partner in six months, with private equity partner Peter McLintock quitting to join the Birmingham arm of Midlands rival Hammonds.
Addleshaw Goddard is ramping up its commitment to pro bono with the announcement last month of its involvement in two new initiatives.
National Pro Bono Week (7-11 June) is being launched with the help of a double-decker bus to encourage members of the legal profession into voluntary work. The specially-designed bus will tour Birmingham, Bolton, Bournemouth, Liverpool, London, Newcastle and Warwick. Lawyers will be able to board the bus for specialist training and in some locations free legal advice clinics will be held.
CMS Cameron McKenna knows a bandwagon when it spots one. Not content with joining the ‘Speak Plain English’ lobby, the firm has corralled author-of-the-moment Lynne Truss to help spread the word to its legions of poorly punctuating professionals.
Separated at birthIt’s back, and this time it’s evil. Big Brother, the show where a group of wannabes try desperately to outdo each other in ever-escalating levels of outrageousness, all in the pursuit of fame and fortune, began again last week. Sounds...
In a case already tainted by corruption, Peters & Peters’ Keith Oliver prepares to do battle for client Banco Noroeste
Tanfield Chambers announced this week that it has completed the freehold purchase of new premises, becoming the latest set to quit the Inns of Court.
Property tycoon Nicholas van Hoogstraten is being sued by his former law firm Minaides Robson which is claiming more than £400,000 in unpaid fees.
Weil Gotshal & Manges is taking the next step in boosting its European capital markets practice after recruiting the group head of Baker & McKenzie’s Budapest office. Konrad Siegler, head of the capital markets group, will move to Weil Gotshal’s Budapest office on 1 September to lead its Hungarian ...
Singapore’s Wong Partnership has kick-started its Chinese dispute resolution practice with the appointment of the former executive director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
What was your first ever job? Waiter in an American-themed restaurant.What was your worst experience as a trainee?Examining title deeds.Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?I never disclos...
Birmingham giant Wragge & Co has scooped a coveted instruction to act for Marks & Spencer (M&S) on the redevelopment of its Baker Street headquarters.
The Young Solicitors Group (YSG) last night honoured lawyers who give up time to help their communities.